Since forever, fans have long criticized and doubted the Minnesota Timberwolves. They deserve it. NBA fans have not taken this team seriously. Some fans still believe this team is garbage compared to the rest of this loaded Western Conference. Blame that on whoever you want. That’s the story in the North Star State.

How long has it been since the Timberwolves made it to the playoffs? 13 seasons. Yes. Let me repeat that. 13 long, gruesome seasons.

That is currently the longest active drought for any team in the entire league. Nonetheless, this year is a completely different story.

As we all know, Tom Thibodeau and the Wolves were able to steal Jimmy Butler from a dysfunctional Bulls team. They lost Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, and the 7th pick of the 2017 NBA Draft Lauri Markannen in the process. Whoever the winner of this trade was, the Wolves were not going to lose the chance at grabbing a superstar. Therefore, the trade for Butler took place.

Now, add Jimmy Buckets to a star-studded dynamic duo in Andrew Wiggins and Karl Anthony Towns. What do you get? Sensational defense from Butler. Uncontrollable scoring of Wiggins. Everlasting impact on the offensive and defensive end for Towns. Basically, a possibility of the Timberwolves being an elite team with a solid chance at contending for a title.

The Journey

Yes, we are still talking about the ’17-18 Timberwolves. The young unit is talented, determined, and willing to grow together on the basketball court. Those real fans that went through it all over the years are excited for this season. And on the other end, those new fans that just hopped on the bandwagon are excited as well.

NBA reporters asked owners which player they would choose if they had the chance to start a new franchise today. KAT topped that list. Not surprising, as he is one of the most promising young stars in the league. Last season, he put up 25.1 points, 12.3 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game. All improvements from his rookie season. The best part, he’s 21 years old. Especially relevant, he killed in a man in his recent game as well.

Timberwolves guard Wiggins is a stone-cold killer. Along with KAT’s average of 25 points, Wiggins also added another 23.6 points last season. After getting hooked up fat on a 5-year $146.5M deal, many were ready to see what #22 had to offer. He has a diverse offensive skillset. Crafty with the ball, incredibly athletic, and just gets himself in holes you would not find possible. Wiggins (22) isn’t much older than Towns either (21).

In his last showing, he might have had the greatest clutch performance of the year and his career. As a result, it was an insane night in Oklahoma City.

What most people don’t talk about is how Russell Westbrook had to score 15 points in the 4th quarter for this Timberwolves game to be close. Yes, George and Melo had rough shooting nights, but that can’t happen often. Also, the Thunder are just not on par right now. Don’t be afraid, they have enough time to mesh before it matters.

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